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tortoiseshell

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noun tor·toise·shell \ˈtȯr-tə-ˌshel, -əsh-ˌshel\

Definition of tortoiseshell

  1. 1 :  the mottled horny substance of the shell of the hawksbill turtle used especially formerly in inlaying and in making various ornamental articles

  2. 2 :  any of several showy nymphalid butterflies (genera Nymphalis and Aglais)

1632

First Known Use of tortoiseshell

1632


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tortoiseshell

adjective tor·toise·shell

Definition of tortoiseshell

  1. 1 :  made of or resembling tortoiseshell especially in mottled brown and yellow coloring <tortoiseshell glasses>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being a color pattern of the domestic cat consisting of patches of black, orange, and cream

1651

First Known Use of tortoiseshell

1651


TORTOISESHELL Defined for English Language Learners

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tortoiseshell

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noun tor·toise·shell \ˈtȯr-tə-ˌshel, -əsh-ˌshel\

Definition of tortoiseshell for English Language Learners

  • : the usually brown and yellow shell of a turtle that is used to make decorations

  • : a cat with yellow, orange, white, and black fur

  • : a usually brown and orange butterfly


TORTOISESHELL Defined for Kids

tortoiseshell

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noun tor·toise·shell \ˈtȯr-təs-ˌshel\

Definition of tortoiseshell for Students

  1. 1 :  a hard brown and yellow material that covers the shell of a sea tortoise used especially in the past for ornamental objects

  2. 2 :  a brightly colored butterfly



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